Top Ten Tuesday: Pre-Blog TBR Books That Are Sadly Still TBR

Posted August 23, 2016 by meezcarrie in Candace Calvert, Christian, Jessica Day George, Nancy Moser, Susan May Warren, Terri Blackstock / 18 Comments

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Hi from Nashville, y’all!! I’m busy in meetings (umm… ok… a working brunch at the Pancake Pantry) and errands and picking people up from the airport because TOMORROW IS THE FIRST EVER CFRR!! Whoohoo!!!hi

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet”.  Ohhhhh y’all.  You know my TBR continent is out. of. control. But see? It was already that way when I started blogging …. and blogging just made it WORSE. So, I will (sadly) have no problem coming up with 10 books for this week’s list. The trick (as always) will be limiting myself.

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waiting for summer's returnWaiting for Summer’s Return by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Added to the TBR pile: 2012

All alone on the Kansas prairie, Summer Steadman has few options. With her husband and children lost to illness, she has no desire to continue on farther west to where she and her husband planned to build their future. Instead, she seeks employment in a small Mennonite community in order to be near the graves of her family.

Widower Peter Ollenburger, the local gristmill owner, needs someone to teach his young son. When he hears of a “learned woman” in town, he believes she is the answer to his prayers. He soon discovers, however, that helping this outsider may have troublesome consequences.

There is little this father will not do for his son, but as the boy begins to look at Summer as more than a teacher, Peter must make a choice. Does he marry this woman to give his son a new mother, or does he marry only for love?
Will Summer’s broken heart ever be able to love again?

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Trauma Plan by Candace Calvert

Added to TBR pile: 2013

Sidelined by injuries from a vicious assault, chaplain Riley Hale is determined to return to her former duties as an ER nurse. But how can she show she’s competent when the hospital won’t let her attempt even simple tasks? Determined to prove herself, Riley volunteers at a controversial urban free clinic despite her fears about the maverick doctor in charge.

Dr. Jack Travis defends his clinic like he’s commander of the Alamo. He’ll fight the community’s efforts to shut its doors, even if he must use Riley Hale’s influential family name to make it happen.As Riley strives to regain her skills, Jack finds that she shares his compassion–and stirs his lonely heart. Riley senses that beneath Jack’s rough exterior is a man she can believe in. But when clinic protests escalate and questions surface about his past, Jack goes into battle mode and Riley wonders if it’s dangerous to trust him with her heart.

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the ragamuffin gospel

The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

Added to TBR pile: 2013

Many believers feel stunted in their Christian growth. We beat ourselves up over our failures and, in the process, pull away from God because we subconsciously believe He tallies our defects and hangs His head in disappointment.

In this newly repackaged edition–now with full appendix, study questions, and the author’s own epilogue, “Ragamuffin” Ten Years Later,” Brennan Manning reminds us that nothing could be further from the truth. The Father beckons us to Himself with a “furious love” that burns brightly and constantly. Only when we truly embrace God’s grace can we bask in the joy of a gospel that enfolds the most needy of His flock–the “ragamuffins.”

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love does

Love Does by Bob Goff

Added to TBR pile: 2013

Bob Goff has become something of a legend, and his friends consider him the world’s best-kept secret. Those same friends have long insisted he write a book. What follows are paradigm shifts, musings, and stories from one of the world’s most delightfully engaging and winsome people. What fuels his impact? Love. But it’s not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob’s love takes action. Bob believes Love Does.

When Love Does, life gets interesting. Each day turns into a hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance that makes faith simple and real. Each chapter is a story that forms a book, a life. And this is one life you don’t want to miss.

Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob’s life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too.

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7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker

Added to TBR pile: 2013

American life can be excessive, to say the least. That’s what Jen Hatmaker had to admit after taking in hurricane victims who commented on the extravagance of her family’s upper middle class home. She once considered herself unmotivated by the lure of prosperity, but upon being called “rich” by an undeniably poor child, evidence to the contrary mounted, and a social experiment turned spiritual was born.

7 is the true story of how Jen (along with her husband and her children to varying degrees) took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.

Food. Clothes. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. Stress. They would spend thirty days on each topic, boiling it down to the number seven. Only eat seven foods, wear seven articles of clothing, and spend money in seven places. Eliminate use of seven media types, give away seven things each day for one month, adopt seven green habits, and observe “seven sacred pauses.” So, what’s the payoff from living a deeply reduced life? It’s the discovery of a greatly increased God—a call toward Christ-like simplicity and generosity that transcends social experiment to become a radically better existence.

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just jane

Just Jane by Nancy Moser

Added to TBR pile: 2014

Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma…these titles conjure up a romantic world of rolling English countrysides, elegant balls, noble gentlemen, and headstrong gentlemen’s daughters. But how much do we know about the woman who immortalized those times and names like Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennett?

Growing up in a clergyman’s home gave Jane Austen opportunities to watch human nature at its best–and worst. Drawing from historical sources as well as her own keen imagination, Christy Award-winner Nancy Moser transports readers inside the life and times of the literary world’s most beloved heroine. Known for her moving and unique Mozart’s Sister, Nancy Moser brings to life the mind and wit of Jane Austen–the loves, disappointments, and victories that shaped the novels that have remained popular for nearly two hundred years.

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princess of the midnight ball

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Added to TBR pile: 2014

Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above.

Captivating from start to finish, Jessica Day George’s take on the Grimms’ tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses demonstrates yet again her mastery at spinning something entirely fresh out of a story you thought you knew.

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miracle in a dry season

Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Added to TBR pile: 2014

It’s 1954 and Perla Long’s arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.

Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor…until he meets Perla. She’s everything he’s sought in a woman, but he can’t get past the sense that she’s hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla’s unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.

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From Notting Hill With Love…Actually by Ali McNamara

Added to TBR pile: 2014

She was just a girl, standing in front of a boy . . . wishing he looked more like Hugh Grant.

Scarlett loves the movies. But does she love sensible fiancé David just as much? With a big white wedding on the horizon, Scarlett really should have decided by now . . .

When she has the chance to house-sit in Notting Hill – the setting of one of her favourite movies – Scarlett jumps at the chance. But living life like a movie is trickier than it seems, especially when her new neighbour Sean is so irritating. And so irritatingly handsome, too.

Scarlett soon finds herself starring in a romantic comedy of her very own: but who will end up as the leading man?

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chance of loving youChance of Loving You by Blackstock, Calvert, Warren

Added to TBR pile: 2014

One chance for each woman to change her life . . . but will love be the real prize?

For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock Trying to launch her own design firm while waitressing on the side, Julie Sheffield was drawn to the kind man she waited on at the restaurant last night . . . until he stiffed her on the tip by leaving her half of a sweepstakes ticket.

The Recipe by Candace Calvert Hospital dietary assistant Aimee Curran is determined to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off to prove she’s finally found her calling. But while caring for one of her patients—the elderly grandmother of a handsome CSI photographer—Aimee begins to question where she belongs.

Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren Grad student Abigail Cushman has agreed to enter the annual Deep Haven fishing contest. She’s a quick learner, even if she doesn’t know the difference between a bass and a trout. But nothing could prepare her for competing against the handsome charmer she’s tried to forget since grief tore them apart.

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Y’all. For every 1 of these 10, there are at least 50 more on the TBR continent. I know one day it will bury me. But at least I’ll go happy 🙂

What about you? What books have been on your TBR pile for close to forever?

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18 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Pre-Blog TBR Books That Are Sadly Still TBR

  1. Uh oh, I haven’t read any of these so I have a feeling my TBR might even grow more shameful because a lot of these sound so good I may have to add them to my list, haha!

  2. Nancy M

    I can so relate! It seems I will never catch up! What a great thing right! I did take a “vacay” from my review books and went back and read 6 books in the past 2 weeks that have been on my TBR pile for too long! Funny how this came up on your blog today and I just did this! Back to reivewing!

  3. The Chance of Loving You sounds really cute! I might have to read that one. I would love to read the dietary assistant angle — I had that job in college! I hope you get to read all (or at least some) on these soon!

    My TTT

  4. Tracey H

    I have 5 of the same books you have in my backlogged TBR pile. (I actually have enough books/ebooks to last me til God calls me home, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying to keep up with the latest and greatest, lol)

    I’ve only read The Recipe and Hook, Line and Sinker, both cute novellas.

    The book you’ve listed that’s really calling to me is 7, as I have it in my mind to go through each room, for the second time this year and take out non-essentials in my quest to downsize. I’m going to check out her book, thanks!

  5. I read ‘Just Jane’ way back when and seem to remember that I really enjoyed it. I also read ‘Miracle in a Dry Season’ during an INSPYs awards and thought it was a well-written, thought-provoking novel that stood apart from its genre. 🙂

  6. My TBR pile is more like several TBR bookcases. *sigh* It’s a happy problem.

    I have The Ragamuffin Gospel in one of my bookcases. I read about it somewhere and wanted to read more, but, well…life. You’ve made me want to pull it out.

    Hope you’re having fun at the CFRR2016.

  7. I haven’t even heard of any of these! Let us know how you get on so that we’ll know if there is something to keep on our radar 🙂

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